We are proud of our music program. Cornerstones are a professional Music Director, a thriving choir, our one-of-a-kind pipe organ, professional accompanists, and a wealth of instrument musicians among the congregation.
The Shalom Choir has a wide range of singers, from experienced, long-term members to folks who are singing in a choir for the first time. All are welcome, whether you can sing with us for the entire year or just for a season or two. Rehearsals are in the Sanctuary on Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 and on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 9:30. Come join us and try it out! Childcare is available with prior arrangement.
The choir sings for Sunday services during the school year from September through early June and for special services that include Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. They also join other church choirs in the annual American Guild of Organists Christmas Choral Festival. Our literature is wide ranging. Sunday Worship Service anthems range from traditional choral music of Palestrina, Mozart and Brahms to Rutter, Chilcott and other living composers to South African Folk Hymns, Spirituals and other Folk music.
Congregational hymn singing is a central part of our worship services, and we are glad to have the services of several professional organists and pianists on a rotating basis. Traditional hymn singing with organ is the backbone of the service, but gospel hymns and spirituals with piano, drumming and folk music with guitars all make frequent appearances.
Shalom's custom-designed pipe organ, installed in 1995, was designed and built for our church by Marçeau and Associates of Portland, Oregon. It is an all-mechanical key- and stop-action two-manual and pedal organ contains 540 pipes, arranged in 10 voices by use of double-draw stops and extensions. Some of the pipes are recycled from other organs; they came from a Kefer organ at the University of Washington, from a Casavant-Frères organ at Community Presbyterian Church in Ventura, CA, from an Estey organ at First Presbyterian Church in Spokane, from an Estey organ at Gethsemane Lutheran in Seattle, and from an M. P. Möller organ at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Portland. The rest, including the flamed copper facade pipes, were made for this organ by Stinkens in Holland. The unusual side-mounted key desk conserves seating space.